CCBC Media Releases


For immediate release
July 24, 2008

Media contact: Jacquie Lucy

New Pre-Law program to complement Paralegal offerings at CCBC

Baltimore County, Md. – The School of Justice at the Community College of Baltimore County is offering its “Introduction to Law” course on all three of its campus (Catonsville, Dundalk and Essex) this fall as it rolls out its new Pre-Law program for those interested in pursuing a legal career. Fall credit classes begin Monday, Aug. 25.

“This new Pre-Law curriculum provides students with a sound liberal arts foundation while also exposing them to fundamental areas of legal studies, including civil law, criminal law and constitutional law,” according to Donna S. Mandl, J.D., department chair for Legal Studies at CCBC. “This new curriculum, leading to an Associate of Arts degree, is designed specifically for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution to earn their bachelor’s degree and then seek admission to law school.”

CCBC will continue offering its American Bar Association-approved Paralegal program to those students seeking a career as a paralegal professional. CCBC offers a two-year degree program leading to an associate of applied science degree in Paralegal Studies as well as a one-year certificate program for students who have completed an associate’s or higher degree.

Started in 1976 at CCBC, the paralegal program has almost 500 graduates. Laura Corcoran, a current CCBC Paralegal Studies student, was recently chosen as one of the top paralegals in Maryland by the Maryland Daily Record. Ms. Corcoran works as a paralegal for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a position she obtained after completing an internship at the ACLU through CCBC’s Paralegal Studies program.

“The Paralegal profession is a career goal in itself and CCBC’s program presents a combination of legal theory and practical skill development needed to fully assist a lawyer in the practice of law,” notes Mandl.

For additional information on the Pre-Law or Paralegal programs, contact Donna S. Mandl, J.D. at or 443-840-3477.

# # #

About CCBC (
Rooted in the community since 1957, CCBC educates nearly 65,000 students each year, including half of all Baltimore County residents attending college in Maryland as undergraduates. Offering more than 50 associate degree and 100 certificate programs, CCBC is ranked among the best in providing undergraduate education, work force development, technology, health care training and life enrichment options to citizens throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area. CCBC also provides customized employee development training to more than 100 companies annually.

CCBC. The incredible value of education.

text only | site map | privacy | contact CCBC
©2005 Copyright Community College of Baltimore County. All rights reserved.